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The Ernest Cole Photographic Award is now in its third year, after the unbelievable success of Dale Yudelman’s exhibitions and book towards the end of last year.

The winner of 2012 Ernest Cole Award, Ilan Godfrey, will be launching his book later in 2013 to coincide with exhibitions of his work in Johannesburg, in Durban and in Cape Town. Godfrey was recognised for his excellent documentary series Legacy of the Mine.

Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980. He moved to theUnited Kingdom after finishing his schooling in 1999. During this time he studied towards gaining a BA degree in Photography and was awarded The David Faddy Scholarship to continue his studies, gaining a MA degree in Photojournalism. He continued to travel between the United Kingdom and South Africa over the ten-year’s he lived in London, focusing on varied issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape.

Documenting the country with an intimate and personal conscience. Drawn to his roots he returned to settle in South Africa and his place of birth, Johannesburg at the beginning of 2011, to continue in the development of his projects and commit to them on a full time basis. He has participated in the focus on Monferrato Masterclass in Italy and is the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement. Godfrey’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The National Portrait Gallery in London for The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and Musee du Quai Branly in Paris for the ‘Photoquai biennial’. His work has been featured in a broad range of international publications.

We are also excited to invite photographers to submit their work for the 2013 Ernest Cole Photographic Award. All submissions need to be received by the 14th June 2013. These should be submitted in line with the submission guidelines provided on the website (http://www.ernestcoleaward.org).

The Ernest Cole Photographic Award was established to stimulate creative documentary work in photography in Southern Africa. The emphasis will be on creative responses to South African society and is open to anyone whose work focuses on South African society,This prestigious South African photography award has been initiated under the auspices of the University of Cape Town Libraries and offers a unique opportunity for photographers to complete an existing project. The winning photographer will receive R150 000.00 with which to complete the project, hold exhibitions during 2014 and to publish a book thereof.

This Award has been made possible by the generous support of the Peter Brown, Gavin Relly Educational and Kirsh Family Trusts, and is managed by the UCT Libraries.

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